Mayor’s Update May 2017
Dear Resident and Business Owner,
Play ball! With May upon us, Borough parks are open and our little league teams have begun their season and are using the Borough’s well-maintained baseball fields.
Work continues on our Mountain Valley Park dam project. Sediment sampling has turned up some areas of concern which are being examined, and a claim request has been submitted to the environmental arm of the Morris County Joint Insurance Fund. Additional updates on this project will be provided as they become available.
Construction of restrooms and handicapped parking spots are being planned for West Field. The administration is in the process of getting deeds to West Field that are held by the New Jersey Conservation Society in order to waive restrictions before construction can begin.
The Borough Council’s personnel and DPW sub-committees have wrapped up interviews of candidates to step in and become the Borough’s next Superintendent of Public Works. A finalist has been identified and, as of this writing, has been invited to meet the full council in Executive Session. If the full council concurs with the recommendation of the sub-committee, an offer can be made and a start date established. In the meantime, our Interim Superintendent, Bob Venezia, continues to oversee the department. Once a permanent replacement is hired, he is prepared to deliver a full report to the Mayor and Council identifying strengths and weaknesses he has observed within our DPW, along with any recommended changes which may be considered.
Sgt. John Camoia, the Officer in Charge of our Police Department, has been authorized to seek candidates to become our newest police officers. I would expect this hire to be finalized in the late summer or early fall.
Work continues on amendments to the Borough’s promotional process for the Chief of Police. Mr. Merkt has been directed by the Borough Council to invite Chief Nally of the NJ Chief’s Association to meet with the Mayor and Council to provide insight into possible combinations of testing criteria which may be considered.
A local architect and builder have both provided recommendations for the 20x30 support vehicle shelter for the first aid’s emergency response vehicles.
Ordinance 06-17 was adopted by the Borough Council in April. The ordinance calls for the appropriating of $738,100 from various funds to acquire a pick-up truck for the Department of Public Works ($65,000), a live scan system to be used by the Department of Police ($65,000), road paving ($602,000), and upgrade of the Borough’s information technology systems including the acquisition of new and additional computers equipment ($17,100).
Our Recreation Department has completed interviews for camp counselors for our Summer Camp, which is busy preparing to kick off in June after school closes for the summer.
I am happy to report that Bob and Helen Cleary, longtime residents and volunteers, have been invited to serve as Grand Marshalls for our 2017 Labor Day Parade. Thank you Bob and Helen!